**Authors:** John A. Gowan

The conceptual basis of the Unified Field Theory, as presented in these pages, can be briefly sketched as follows: "Noether's Theorem" states that in a continuous multi-component field such as the electromagnetic field (or the metric field of spacetime), where one finds a symmetry one finds an associated conservation law, and vice versa. In matter, light's symmetries are conserved by charge and spin; in spacetime, by inertial and gravitational forces. Light's raw energy is conserved as mass and momentum; light's intrinsic motion or entropy "drive" is conserved as time and gravitation. All forms of energy, including the conservation/entropy domain of spacetime, originate as light. During the "Big Bang", the asymmetric interaction (as mediated by the weak force) of primordial, high energy light with the metric structure of spacetime and the four forces of physics (including gravity) produced matter; matter carries charges which are the symmetry (and entropy) debts of the light which created it. Charge invariance is a crucial corollary of charge and symmetry conservation, maintained in our temporal (gravitational/spacetime) metric of relative motion by "local gauge symmetry currents" (compensating components of the field vectors of the four physical forces, such as magnetism and time). The invariance of "velocity c", the "Interval", and causality are likewise important dimensional corollaries of energy conservation (the "Lorentz Invariance" of Special and General Relativity). Charges produce forces which act to return the material system to its original symmetric state (light), paying (partially or completely) matter's symmetry/entropy debts. Repayment of matter's symmetry debt (partial or complete) is exampled by: 1) spontaneous, exothermic chemical reactions and matter-antimatter annihilations (electromagnetic force); 2) radioactivity, fission/fusion, and proton decay (weak/strong nuclear forces); 3) the nucleosynthetic pathway of stars, the conversion of potential gravitational energy to light by quasars, and Hawking's "quantum radiance" of black holes (gravity). Identifying the broken symmetries of light associated with each of the 4 charges and forces of physics is the first step toward a conceptual unification of those forces. The charges of matter are the symmetry debts of light.

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